Sunday, August 7, 2011

Topiary ~ Fought Me Every Step Of The Way!

You might remember when I showed these pots of faux geraniums {was it two Summers ago?}. I used two for my gazebo and had a third just hanging around feeling unloved.



Being inspired by Kathy at Kate’s Place, I tore the third one apart and remade it into a topiary!  I had the large moss ball, some moss, some left over boxwood garland, a dowel already painted brown {I couldn’t believe that luck} and some craft paint to paint the pot.


I started with a brown craft paint and added a green that I had.  That made it look almost like a metal pot.  That wasn’t the look I was going for, so I painted more brown and threw some white into the mix. 


Then the boxwood I had was a garland and was not sitting right on the moss ball.  I wound up going to Michael’s to see if they had boxwood that was non-garland and they didn’t, so I wound up purchasing some ivy bunches.   Trying to remember how I had to twist up some real ivy I had {a long time ago} on a round topiary frame, I tried to keep it relaxed looking.


I put it on my redone chest in the foyer for now.  I will probably have to add more ivy to the bottom part of the moss ball.  You’ll have to check out Kathy’s for a really good topiary make-over!


I did finally find a happy medium putting this together.  Something that I thought would be so quick and easy, just wouldn’t cooperate.   Do you ever have that happen?

Linking up with:

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence




Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Kathy,
Boy, do I ever. Sometimes the simple projects just wear me out! LOL!

I think your topiary looks very pretty. Love the little pot.


Pamela said...

Looks great Kathy! You can never have too many topiaries!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Seems like many of my projects end up taking longer than expected. So frustrating! I like the end results of your topiary, though!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

ALL the time!! LOL I saw her topiary too and I bought pots and craft paint, but no greenery yet.....maybe I should hold off! lol I think yours looks good!

Lou Cinda

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That looks great and I love the lamp.

Michele Smith said...

I think it turned out great!

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Love the way it turned out Kathy! Worth the extra effort I say!

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Looks great! PS. I'm having fun catching up on posts I missed :)

Anonymous said...

Yep, I've had issues like that! Could pull my tiny hair out sometimes! :) Well, your topiary and pots look good. You did good.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Atticmag said...

Looks very good on that table. You did a great job. Don't find topiary all that easy. Thanks for stopping by. Jane F.

Karen said...

Well it put up a fight,but I would say you won the match! It looks great, Ive always had a thing for topiaries love the pot too.

. said...

Happens to me more often than not! LOL At least the finished product looks great! :)

Donna, The Decorated House said...

Hey Kathy~
No doubt everyone has had more than a few projects like that. But you stuck it out and finished! Cute.

Stitchfork said...

The topiary was a great idea! And yes - uncooperative moments happen a lot here too.
xo Cathy

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

OH my I would of given up but glad you did not it turned out really nice.
I have missed you honey so thought I would come by and catch up with you.
Hope your doing well and now that I am here I have to catch up with you

Sandra said...

Purty! Purty! Love the topiary!

Debra from Bungalow said...

Hi Kathy,

Your topiary looks great! I've made several topiaries and always tuck some sphagnum moss in between the vines on on the ball to fill in the empty spaces.

I love the vignette you've pretty!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I have tried several times to make one of these, and it never has turned out. Yours looks fabulous and I love the vignette. Thanks for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

At The Picket Fence said...

I think it looks fantastic and I KNOW that I couldn't get one to turn out looking that great! :-) Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week!

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